Sunday, December 21, 2014
Friday, December 19, 2014
Seems not bad IQ, but does it really have market? What's special actually? Flashy LEDs?? :-o
Saturday, December 13, 2014
645Z and K-s1 are mentioned..
1. A Q-s1 Unboxing and Review (Traditional Chinese):-
Sample photos and ISO crops test are posted, which are self-explanatory.
2. HD 16-85 Test Review (Japanese):
The colour rendition seems different, not that Pentax tasted anymore. No sure about it's the problem of the K-3 or the new lens, or both?!
3. Yet Another HD 16-85 Test (Japanese):
Saturday, November 29, 2014
Light transmission rate is adjustable from 50 to 100%, i.e., reflective rate is from 50 to 0%.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Pentax the brand is declining, the Pentax cyberspace as well as the user-base are both shrinking than ever before. In fact, Ricoh does not treasure Pentax the brand in any sense nor they do put something real onto the market. There is not any exciting news nor any new products or real gear tests that worth reporting. The future of Pentax is so dark, frankly. Could this Blog reach ten years and beyond when Pentax the brand still exists or there is yet something Pentax related worth mentioning? I don't know really.. But I am not optimistic afterall! >:(
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Canon, Nikon, Sony and Pentax digital camera bodies are tested, further categorised by Full Frame or APS-C. Unfortunately, the FF Pentax is dimmed out, since there is yet no FF Pentax DSLR body of any up till now.
The published scores do look to be more sensible than those of the DxO results as resolution is now measured and at every ISO. However, the detailed formulas are not disclosed, unlike what DxoLabs have done, unfortunately.
The largest online electronics gear site, ZOL, has marked the DA*50-135 lens is already discontinued:
A quick check to the DA*16-50/2.8 lens yet shows that it is still in production, on the other hand. So, what does this mean? :-O
Friday, November 14, 2014
(in Simplified Chinese)
Side by side 100% crops on different Field-of-View can be found here, here and here. The lenses used for the tests and respective settings are also remarked.
Monday, November 10, 2014
K-3 discontinued already and replacement is coming??
Whilst I think this lens is nice for APS-C, it comes just too late and the trend has already been over, frankly. And still, I don't like the red ring. It looks just so odd and ugly, no special character of one's own. Red ring means Canon, it's just too symbolic to be overridden! :-(
Worst than the 16M Pentax bodies? But it has more pixel counts. So, if this benchmark is just not practical enough, you can see some real-world tests and samples, for instance, below:
Or, if the colour depth is yet not enough, Pentaxians can yet get more colours of the body, look at these! ;-D
Thursday, October 09, 2014
The K-3 Debug Mode
This is how you enter:
Create 2 files in the root of SD card (Make sure your computer shows the file endings, i.e .txt, .PEF, . JPG etc)
Open and add the text [OPEN_DEBUG_MENU] to the first file.
Insert the SD card in slot 1 and turn on the camera without closing the card door.
Enable Debug Mode and press OK. You can now remove the files.
In the Menus, before the C1-menu, you now will find a hidden menu.
Someone entered the Debug Mode has found the way to change the language of the camera menu which was originally locked, here. That must be great! :-D
Update: A more detailed step-by-step instruction with screen captures can be found here (originally in Traditional Chinese, Google Translated to English).
The "W" version has the built-in WiFi, the first "in-house" (non-OEM) Ricoh camera that have it, still good because very late is better than none! :-) NFC is still lacking, though, unfortunately. Moreover, do also note that the WG-30s do not have any GPS receiver built-in, which is really not good for an adventure camera which it is meant to be.
Friday, September 19, 2014
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Monday, September 15, 2014
WG Watches: http://news.ricoh-imaging.co.jp/rim_info/2014/20140911_005805.html
Other Ricoh Watches: http://store.ricoh-imaging.co.jp/c/c3916/
Ricoh now becomes Seiko? :-o
Thursday, September 11, 2014
The monitor is way too small IMHO, it is of the same size of my ancient Optio 330, i.e., in 1.5"?! :-o
It *seems* to have built-in WiFi connectivitiy, though, as the specifications does not mention this but just in the product highlights. That is, the first camera of Ricoh Pentax that have this useful and handy function, and a Fuck-card should not be required anymore! :-D
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Warning: Very LARGE Files!
More Samples @: http://www.ricoh-imaging.fr/fr/reflex-numeriques/photos/samples/PENTAX-K-S-1.html
(Click the link near the bottom per picture page to download full size image.)
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Monday, August 25, 2014
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Changes to V1.11
- Corrected – When shooting image after using the Built-in flash, Exif data of shutter speed is not updated on Version 1.10.
- Added automatic reset function when detecting rarely occur abnormal motion of the sequence.
(When automatic reset function is operated, latest setting will be reset)
Frankly, I really don't completely understand what is updated and what's new. Fix an EXIF tag bug and an auto-reboot function when something goes wrong? :-o
Via: Digital Versus and Les Numeriques
My special thanks to Blog readers sazon3 and Mistral75 for the links and alerts.
Now, I like the outlook of the camera more, at least not hating it, call me emotional if you like! ;-D And also, at least now there is not a Ricoh logo on the body which is really disgusting as it is seen on the back of the K-3, I have to say! >:-(
As for the size of this new K-s, I think it is comparable to the previous smallest Pentax DSLR body ever, the Pentax *ist DL2, which I also have. But it will not be heavier, I believe. Modern camera bodies should become lighter and lighter, when quality and weight are both sucked out by the manufacturers at the same time! ;-P
Colour Rendition Shootout: 6M CCD Vs 16M CMOS - *ist DL2 Vs K-5
Thursday, August 21, 2014
- 20MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
- ISO range: 100-51,200
- LCD: 3", 921k dots
- Shake reduction
- 1080/30p video with stereo mic
- D-Li109 battery (shared with K-r, K-30, K-50, and K-500)
- Dimensions: 120 x 92.5 x 69.5mm
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Source: Japanese Digicame Info
Utter ugly, silly and toyish look! It's indeed a stupid design for this appearance!! OMG!!! >:(
Update: This new body will be small, comparable to the Canon EOS100D, but not considerably smaller. Look:
Source: Japanese Twitter
Thursday, August 14, 2014
All Q lenses are designed for 1/1.7" sensors for their image circle, of course, which seems to be the maximum size of a sensor that can be put into any Q body.
Speaking of lens patents, RP has yet got another new lens patent of an ultra-wide lens used with 43 sensors, but what 43 camera and system they have? So, this is mysterious:
N.B. All the original links above are in Japanese.
See what Photocritic refers:
A free 200FG flash and a 16GB SD card will be complimented. Note that the code you enter during checkout could be either "PENTAXJUNE" or "SUMMERSALE".
Btw, it seems that something new is coming, or the K-mount line is to be discontinued! ;-P
Monday, August 04, 2014
Friday, August 01, 2014
Probably, this is just a Q7 with an original Q shell in a different painted dress, i.e., a 1/1.7" sensor inside. As an original Q user, I am sure that I will not buy one. The colour game of Pentax and Ricoh is just a history for me and I am sure I shall not buy a new Pentax camera anymore for the sake of its colour and appearance, unless Ricoh yet produces something real in the future, which they have not done that for long! >:(
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Will be called a Q2 or Q-S1.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Monday, July 28, 2014
"Note: The camera body’s features and specifications are identical with those of the standard model, except for the firmware"
Well done, Ricoh! Bravo, great job!! Please keep it up and give us more colours of the K-3!!! >:-(
Friday, July 18, 2014
(in Simplified Chinese)
The test picture crops are with f-stops marked. Left side ones are with new firmware, with diffraction reduction enabled. Right side ones are with the last firmware of version 1.03.
It seems that at very large apertures, image sharpness is affected somehow. But reversely, at mid to small apertures, sharpness does have been improved. Anyway, I blog, you measurbate and then decide! ;-)
Nonetheless, if you are a K-3 user and would like to update and try, the official firmware download link is as follows:
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Friday, July 04, 2014
The above page is in Japanese, Google translation into English can be found here.
In short, new firmwares will offer new software function on "diffraction elimination", like which already implemented by the Fuji for their latest X-series bodies, In addition, the effect of the so-called "occasional" K-3 mirror-flapping issue is minimised, for what is told.
Sunday, June 29, 2014
By a Taiwan Pentax user and the above post is in Traditional Chinese.
Most of the test pictures posted are self-explanatory, though. Just browse through the page and inspect yourself and find out all the differences, if you can see any!
Btw, I am impressed with the IQ of this converter, at least on a cropped sensor. This TC is rather expensive, anyway. If it is confirmed to be FF compatible, I would not hesitate to invest. But as all the other Pentax stuff nowadays, not to even mention about their rareness and the lack of new models (there are only a few each year), the problem to buy is only about the lack of faith, frankly. It is all because we cannot see the future nor the direction of the brand, which has been rather unclear for years now! >:-(
Saturday, June 28, 2014
777110 Japanese Yens, which means it sells at less than $7500 in US Dollars.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Click below links to download. Warning: Very LARGE Files!
Monday, June 16, 2014
"Thank you for contacting RICOH.
We have been informed that there is now a shop adjustment that can be made to help resolve/reduce the reported K-3 "mirror-flop" issue. I recommend you return your camera directly to RICOH Imaging Company at the address listed below for examination."
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
"For Canon, Nikon, Sony DSLR System, 4/3 & Fujifilm mirrorless System"
Ony Pentax is not supported and Nissin had no interest to make a Pentax variant for their products! The reason behind must be sound..
Congrats, Pentax! It is noted that Leica is also not supported and hence Pentax has succeeded to become a Leica! That must be great and a really good news for Pentaxians! :-o
(Announcement in Japanese.)
It seems that Sigma, as a 3rd party lens maker (and that Pentax as the least popular DSLR brand), still produces and markets far more exciting new lenses in K-mount than the original maker Pentax herself. The Sigma 35mm F1.4 Art is a really good example, which is even a high-end 135 FF lens but not selling very dear. In fact, Pentax still has no FF DSLR body of any actually. So, this Sigma lens is still a waste when it is mounted on any Pentax APS-C body! :-(
Besides, the HSM motor of Sigma does have far better reputation than the original SDM of Pentax, too! The Saten Super-easy Die Motor is a contemporary shame of Pentax and it pollutes the Star name for the top-of-the-line Pentax lenses which represented excellent quality and reliability for years for decades in the past! >:(
Friday, June 06, 2014
Long ago, I reported that Pentax marketing did actually exist in Korea.
After more than a year, someone posted the video clips recorded for that event, here it is. Enjoy! ;-D
Stuck K-3 Vertical Grip: http://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3679291
HD 20-40 IQ Not Good, 4 copies found the same, i.e., still bad: http://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3677497
HD 20-40 actually not supporting FF: http://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3680694
Yet another Pentaxian switched: http://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3679693
Okay, after all these "negative" news, here is a better one: The originally much overpriced DA560 now has its price cut quite significantly: http://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3680108
Yes, all these news are read from the front page of the DPR Pentax forum, which I have not visited for long actually.
Saturday, May 24, 2014
The K-mount lens roadmap has silently been updated the day before:
It can be seen a new 70-200mm (roughly) Star lens in an unknown line newly appears. It is not a DA* lens because if it is a DA* its name should have been shown as the names of the other new DA lenses that are already shown there.
However, this might be another vapour or paper-ware that we need to wait for another year as it is the thing that we would see in 2014 or later. And, it does not even have the very basic information of the lens including its exact focal range and aperture. And, is it yet an APS-C lens or in 135 Full Frame? Shall we know? But When?
Wednesday, May 07, 2014
First, have a look on these optical construction:
So, the optical design of FA77 and A*85 are very close enough, with the same 7 elements in 6 group configuration. It is quite obvious that the FA77 is a miniature of the A*85, only with some minor modifications. And then the DA70 is yet another simplified version of the FA77, with one close-to-rear element omitted. So, everything are of the same Pentax gene actually. Indeed, when I first used my DA70 on my Pentax DSLR, I did feel the extraordinary film taste of it for its very good 3d feel and colour rendering, unlike other DA lenses that I may not that like.
As usual, those test images by PF guys are somewhat crappy as photos. However, these are good enough for the readers to judge on the image quality and all the differences, if any, when compared with other products. Do bear in mind to judge on the test samples yourself but not rely totally on the words made with their comments nor even with the ridiculous high marks given by them, which should be the better way to go for getting more meaningful conclusions of yours. :-D
Tuesday, May 06, 2014
Hope this won't bore you! ;-D
Seven years lapsed since the first SDM lens was born. However, the complaints from SDM users never ended and the brand name suffers. Well, is it really so difficult to cure such a design problem? Oh really?? >:-(
Same as what DPR said, colour inaccuracy is below average and is yet a problem.
Performance wise, the K-3 is slow in shutter lag, which is close to 1/10 second fastest, and is actually worse than that of the original K-7/K-5.
Sunday, April 27, 2014
See this quick test:
(in Traditional Chinese, Google English translation here.)
The two SD cards used by that K-3 owner is a high-speed Sandisk Extreme SDHC UHS-I 32GB, both are of the same model and identical.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
DPR couldn't find an acceptable better setting even though they had tried their best to fiddle around with many in-camera colour settting parameters but in vain.
However, there might be a workaround I previously found out and proposed. I don't know if it could work for the K-3 or as it is notorious that the K-3 had even worse colour response than the K-5. But if you are a K-3 user, you can try anyway and tell me your results when my settings are applied:
My Best Optimal Custom Image (Colour) Setting Combination for the Later Pentax Digital Bodies
As for that crappy JPEG engine and sharpening issue, I think there is not much to do and deal with unless RAW is shot.
Sunday, April 13, 2014
- 52.99MP CMOS without AA filter (51.4Mp effectively, 8265 x 6192 pixel)
- ISO 100 - 204,800
- SAFOX11 AF system, 27 point (25 cross type), LW -3 - +18
- 3.2" LCD screen: 3:2 ratio, 1,037,000 dots
- LiveView, contrast AF, focus peaking
- TTL metering with 86k RGB sensor
- 3fps in JPEG L up to approx. 300 frames
- Full HD video (1920x1080), 4K in intervall mode
- Official announcement on April 14th
- US price: $8,496.95
Via: Photo Rumors